Skip to comments.How Rick Perry turned on the Tea Party
Posted on 06/02/2012 11:25:41 AM PDT by Qbert
Upon Chief Justice Taneys death, President Lincoln was tasked with replacing the Chief Justice of SCOTUS. Monty Blair had served as a loyal friend throughout Lincolns first administration. Likewise, Edward Bates had proven his loyalty to Lincoln over-and-over again. Both were well qualified men. Both greatly desired the position. Yet, in the end, Lincoln knew that there was but one choice that would best serve the Union. He knew that although Salmon Chase had essentially been dismissed from his Cabinet in disgrace and although Chase had been anything but loyal to Mr. Lincoln, Chase was an abolitionist and the one to right the wrongs of the Taney court and their Dred Scott decision. Lincoln understood that the personal relationships that he had built were not necessary what was best for the country.
Following the massive 2008 defeat of Republicans from sea-to-shining-sea, Senator Jim DeMint boldly decided that what the country needed was true conservatives willing to stand up to big spending republicans. He didnt make a lot of friends when he began endorsing insurgent Tea Party candidates through his Senate Conservative Fund, but he did make a difference. His Senate colleagues turned their back on him. But he pressed on and he helped fuel a conservative revolution that pushed the party and the nation in a rightward direction. He knew that the fate of the country was more important than the job security of some of his DC friends.
If only Rick Perry could grasp this concept.
During the Texas U.S. Senate primary, Governor Rick Perry was presented with two options ok he was presented with nine candidate options, but two true options for the republican nomination. The establishment man, the most powerful republican in Texas, David Dewhurst big spender, massive appropriator, earmarker, a guy who had more in common with the guys across the aisle, than the guys on his side of the aisle, or Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin backed Ted Cruz.
Perry chose poorly, he sided with Dewhurst. As Ive said a thousand times before. I dont have a problem with RINOs from Maine. I dont have a problem with liberal republicans like Kirk and Brown from Illinois and Massachusetts, but I do have a problem with a Mark Kirk coming from to us from Texas.
This isnt even to say that someone who works across the aisle is not to be desired. It is however, to say that someone who works with Ds more often than Rs would best serve the American people by staying in Texas.
Democrats dont nominate a candidate in the mold of Joe Manchin in California or New York. They nominate a Feinstein or Boxer. While it is true that a political party should be a big tent and allow moderates in, the moderates cant come from the conservative states (Im talking to you Lindsey Graham). We should elect moderates from moderate states and conservatives from conservative states. Moderates arent the ones looking to save the country by capping the debt ceiling, lowering spending, etc.
But, without thanks to Mr. Perry, Mr. Cruz the law clerk of William Rehnquist and a Hispanic American from the Harvard Law Review will now face off in a run-off election with Mr. Dewhurst. Again, we have the establishment wing of the party stuck in a different age while the Tea Party continues to find talent in minorities and ideals that win elections. Rick Perry might want to reconsider his strategy.
"Perry chose poorly, he sided with Dewhurst. As Ive said a thousand times before. I dont have a problem with RINOs from Maine. I dont have a problem with liberal republicans like Kirk and Brown from Illinois and Massachusetts, but I do have a problem with a Mark Kirk coming from to us from Texas."
Shoot, the GOP is set to nominate a liberal to run for President, so why shouldn’t Texas nominate one for the Senate race?
Actually, it is at least equally likely that Lincoln saw putting Chase on the court as an effective way of getting rid of a political rival.
Never forget that Cruz got only 34% of the republicans that voted to pull the lever for him in the primary. So more than just Perry must have seen the race differently or chose wrong.
Rick Perry has sided with Dewhurst only because Perry wants him out of Austin.
Actually to think that Cruz, who was unknown a year ago could get 34% in a race with a man who had been in the public eye for 11 years and in a race with 8 other people including a former mayor of the second largest city in the state so he had name recognition and even including Crag James who has name recognition if only sports name recognition
to go against all that and to get 34% is pretty remarkable. There must be something in his message that attracts people
and now that it is down to a 2 person race i will pay attention to what each offers.
"Never forget that Cruz got only 34% of the republicans that voted to pull the lever for him in the primary."
Yeah, in a race in which... nine people were running.
(And Dewhurst only got ten percent more than Cruz).
And, never forget that Dewberry couldn't even get 50% of the vote in the primary.
Perry is a democrat who switched parties...not ideaology. He is a cronygovernment guy. anyone that thought he was a Tea Party kind of pol was suckered.
Yep three candidates got a little over 91% of the vote with the remainder going to the other 6. All I’m saying is that the Cruz group didn’t sway much over 1/3 of the voters. That says something, what I’m not sure. Now he’s head up in the runoff and that will be a different ball game. But the primary race results still remain.
well Cruz will have 4 more votes with my daughters, wife and myself voting. I’ll do my part with texting, messaging and emailing all my friends and contacts that are friends to get out and vote. might even do a follow up phone call. Who knows? Might help get Cruz in.
Having said that, he's dead wrong on this one. He should NOT be supporting the Milquetoast Dewhurst. Don't know what he's thinking here
So was Reagan
RP is now showing his true colors as an entrenched, elitist Republican who believes that political cronyism is the way to go and cronies are the ones who should hold whatever office.
Yey you are correct but he had 10.4% more than his nearest competitor. The runoff will be a different race with a lower turnout and dependent upon which one can get their supporters out. It may well bode better for Cruz.
"That says something, what Im not sure.."
It says that the presumptive candidate wasn't able to get more than ten percent against an upstart. The momentum is with Cruz.
...course he will have to go back to his Democrat roots.
An important point that GWB never quite grasped.
Dewhurst has worked with Rick Perry for a long time. If he had not supported Dewhurst, Perry would have looked terrible. He had no choice. I voted for Cruz, but I also understood why Perry supported Dewhurst.